Off-duty police officer rescues an elderly man trapped in Cercanias train tracks in Spain

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TRAIN RESCUE: The 79-year-old stumbled and fell on to the train tracks as he was trying to step off the train cart. Photo: Shutterstock and @lextresabogados


AN off-duty National Police officer rescued a 79-year-old man, named Sergio, who was trapped between a Cercanias train and platform in El Escorial, Madrid.

The incident reportedly occurred at 8:30pm on December 26 whilst the man, accompanied by his wife Teresa, was getting off the train at the El Escorial station.

The 79-year-old stumbled and fell on to the train tracks as he was trying to step off the train cart.

Sergio’s wife then began to panic as he was trapped between the platform and the train.

Teresa started shouting at the driver to not start the train.

According to a statement given to Spanish media, Teresa said ‘no one was there at that time, only security and I panicked’.

A group of people tried to help Sergio but were unsuccessful since the man weighed around 100 kilos.

Teresa said an ‘angel’ appeared in the form of the off-duty police officer, who managed to get her husband out safely.

Sergio was then moved to Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid with multiple injuries and bruises, and he has since been discharged.

Teresa and Sergio are extremely thankful for the officer’s heroic actions and said they ‘have no words to thank him for what he did that day’.

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